US beats Belgium in Hopman Cup final

The United States has beaten Belgium in the final of this year’s Hopman Cup in the Australian city of Perth. After Justine Henin’s win and Ruben Bemelman’s defeat in their respective singles’ matches, all was riding on the doubles.

However, the Belgian pair lost in two sets 6-1, 6-3 against the Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and John Isner.

The Belgian team came second in its group and was only in the final after Serbia withdrew.

Things got off to a good start on Saturday with Justine Henin beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7-6, 6-3 in the women’s singles.

However, John Isner proved too big a challenger for our compatriot Ruben Bemelmans. Isner needed just 58 minutes to see off the Belgian that is ranked 178 in the world.

It was all square ahead of the doubles.

However, Belgium wasn’t on the verge of an historic Hopman Cup final victory.

The Americans made light work of Henin and Bemelmans, taking the first set 6-1 and winning the second 6-3.


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The Fleming Xavier Malisse rallied to beat Janko Tipsarevic 3-6 6-3 6-2 and make his second final in the tournament he won in 2007.

Jolted by the opening set deficit, Malisse claimed the second to force the decider where he broke his Serbian opponent twice to clinch the contest.

"Tipsarevic was serving two aces per game. I thought I had nowhere to go. I think I started playing more aggressive in the second set," Malisse told reporters.

It's tough to think that I'm into the finals but I have trained hard. I have come determined to win."